When to Take a Vomiting Child to Emergency Room?

Nausea and vomiting are tough on a child and being a parent can get you worried about your child. Although all vomiting cannot be considered as food poisoning or stomach infection etc. Some can be treated with over-the-counter medications, antibodies etc.

Medication, rest, staying hydrated, a controlled diet etc can help your child symptoms to sink. Even if the symptoms don’t get better and your child condition is worsening then you should take them to emergency medical care immediately.

How to treat vomiting at home?

Vomiting and Nausea are common and can be treated at home by

  • Staying hydrated by drinking liquids.
  • Avoid solid food.
  • Get extra rest.
  • By over-the-counter medications.

Symptoms of Nausea and Vomiting

Emergency room visit is necessary if your child experience following symptoms:

  • Bleeding.
  • Light-headedness.
  • Dizziness.
  • Chest pains.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Weakness.
  • Numbness.

Signs of when to go to ER

Here are some signs of when to go to ER.

  • Frequency– if you notice your child undergoing nausea and vomiting frequently get to an ER facility.
  • Color– Child vomits color depends upon the food intake. but if the vomit color is brown, red, or green liquid in vomit, go to an ER immediately.
  • Fever– Check your child temperature and if your child has fever along with vomiting or nausea, it could be serious.
  • Dehydration– If your child is vomiting repeatedly, they can get dehydration. Check your child diaper if it is dry has diarrhea more than once in a couple of days, there is a chance he or she is dehydrated. Seek medical attention immediately. It could be caused by rotavirus.
  • Blood –If you see blood in your child’s vomit or stool, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Abdominal pain- symptoms to watch out for like if the abdominal pain lasts longer than 30 minutes or is this pain constant? abdominal pain can indicate food poisoning, flu or appendicitis.

Nausea and vomiting are usually nothing to get alarmed over. But, if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, following nausea and vomiting, it’s a clue that your child requires swift medical attention.

Tags: Pediatric Emergencies

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